Like so many others in the United States, I’ve been busy with the Thanksgiving holiday. Mrs. 39 Months and I traveled south to visit my family for the weekend, so I’ve been offline a great deal.
For many folks, the holiday is a time to meet again with our loved ones, to argue and revisit old feelings and emotions, and generally to eat well. Afterwards, the American tradition is to run out and spend massive amounts of money (and sometimes to go into debt) to over-consume on “sales items” that are for sale on black Friday. In the end, for a member of the FI community, it is a very interesting time.
One thing that always amazes me is the key word for the holiday, “Thanksgiving”, seems to be forgotten by so many people. One of the pillars of the Stoic philosophy, and the FI philosophy is to be grateful for what you have, and to not be envious of others. For envy is a real killer of peace and contentment in life, and a real obstacle to achieving your FI goals.
So in the interest of readers, I’d just like to list a few of the things I am grateful for during this Thanksgiving season. I am grateful for:
- A loving wife, Mrs. 39 Months, who has been married to me for over 32 years
- A loving mother who still lives, who I can continue to visit and gain wisdom from
- A great family, with brother’s, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews that I love and care for
- A great country that lets me take advantage of the skills and abilities I have, and to profit from my hard work
- A chance to learn new skills and hobbies, which will enable me to grow
So what are you grateful for?
Mr. 39 Month
Image of Thanksgiving from EGuide Magazine